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Title: How to Write a Thesis Statement


1
How to Write a Thesis Statement
  • Secondary Social Studies
  • Writing Training 1
  • 2009 2010

2
Choose one of the following and answer it in one
sentence
  • Why did Cinderella stay with her stepmother until
    the prince rescued her?
  • Why do some professional athletes in the U.S.
    get paid millions of dollars?
  • If you had to move to another city, where would
    you live and why?

3
Pair, Share, Square
  1. Pair up with someone who answered the same
    question.
  2. Read your sentence aloud to each other.
  3. Compliment each others sentence.
  4. Find another pair who answered the same question.
  5. Read your sentences to each other.
  6. Choose the best sentence of the 4 and write it
    LARGE on a sheet of paper or shower board.

4
Class Discussion
  • What made these sentences the best?
  • What do they have in common?
  • Did the sentences
  • Answer the question?
  • Take a position?
  • Give some reasons?

Great Thesis
5
How is an essay like a trip?How is the writer
like a tour guide?
  • If an essay is like going on a trip, then
    writer is the tour guide because the tour guide
    gets to decide what is important for the readers,
    the people taking the trip, to see. But first,
    the tour guide must find out lots of information
    about the topic.

6
If an essay is like a trip, how is a thesis is
like a road map?
  • Then, the tour guide must develop a plan for
    taking the people through the 3 places
    (paragraphs) which will give them the most
    information about the topic and support the
    writers position on the topic.In one sentence,
    the writer will tell the readers where they are
    going and why. Thats a thesis.
  • For example

This bus will go in one direction and make 3
stops
7
Is Austin a good place to live?
  • Position Austin rocks! Thesis Families and
    singles should move to Austin because of the
    outstanding University of Texas, beautiful Lady
    Bird Lake, and delicious Mexican food.
  • Road map UT, Lady Bird Lake, Chuys
  • Position Austin stinks!
  • Thesis It is surprising that anyone ever
    chooses to live in Austin because of its terrible
    traffic, dying malls, and high summer
    temperatures.
  • Road map IH-35 at rush hour, Highland Mall,
    any large parking lot at noon in August

8
What does a good thesis do?
Takes a position
Answers the question
Gives topics for paragraphs
The road to a great essay starts with an
excellent thesis!
9
The 3 Rules of a Good Thesis
  • 1) Answers the question.
  • Be specific.
  • 2) Takes a position.
  • The reader should be able to agree or disagree
    with your position.
  • 3) Mentions the topics for your supporting
    paragraphs.
  • Tell how your paper is going to be organized.

10
More Ideas for a Good Thesis
  • Dont ask a question
  • Dont use first or second person I, you, we
  • Dont use qualifiers that make you sound
    uncertain such as might, maybe, perhaps, etc.
  • Dont use absolute qualifiers that mean
    everything, all, none, always, never. These are
    too hard to prove!
  • Dont use to be verbs am, are, is, was, were,
    be, being, been. They arent descriptive enough.
  • Do use relative qualifiers which show real-world
    variation such as often, primarily, frequently,
    too often, regularly, some, many, most. These
    are much easier to prove!

11
In other words
  • Words to Avoid
  • I, you, we
  • might
  • maybe
  • perhaps
  • all
  • none
  • always
  • never
  • am, are, is, was,
  • were, be, being, been
  • Words to Use
  • often
  • primarily
  • frequently
  • too often
  • regularly
  • some
  • many
  • most

12
Thesis Types to Avoid
  • Reading Rainbow
  • Have you ever thought about the Alamo?
  • (Dont use a question or the word you.)
  • Charles Dickens
  • It was the best of times, it was the worst of
    times.
  • (Take a stand! Choose best or worst)
  • Laundry List
  • California has many problems such as air
    pollution in Los Angeles, traffic on I-5,
    earthquakes in San Francisco, high cost of living
    in San Jose and the government has a lot of
    debt.
  • (List is too long and too specific dont
    write the whole essay in the thesis.)

13
Strategy 1-Which Thesis is Best?
  • Question Who is the most valuable player in
    the NBA?
  • Thesis 1 Does Lebron Jamess ability to score
    makes him the leagues most valuable player?
  • Thesis 2 Lebron Jamess ability to score, pass,
    and rebound make him the leagues most valuable
    player.
  • Thesis 3 Lebron Jamess ability to score, pass,
    and rebound just might make him the leagues most
    valuable player.

14
Question Who is the most valuable player in the
NBA?Thesis 2 Lebron Jamess ability to score,
pass, and rebound make him the leagues most
valuable player.
Strategy 1
  • Does the thesis
  • Answer the question?
  • Yes, gives a MVP
  • 2) Take a position.
  • Yes, James is the MVP
  • 3) Mention the topics for your supporting
    paragraphs.
  • Yes, score, pass and rebound

15
Strategy 1-Which Thesis is Best?
  • Question How are deserts of the world the same
    and different?
  • Thesis 1 I am going to tell you about the
    deserts of the world.
  • Thesis 2 Deserts of the world, including ones
    in North and South America, Antarctica, Africa,
    Australia, and Asia are the same and different.
  • Thesis 3 Although the deserts of the world have
    many similarities, they are vastly different in
    terms of temperature, vegetation, and size.

16
Question How are deserts of the world the same
and different?Thesis 3 Although the deserts of
the world have many similarities, they are vastly
different in terms of temperature, vegetation,
and size.
Strategy 1
  • Does the thesis
  • Answer the question?
  • Yes, talks about same/ different and deserts
  • 2) Take a position.
  • Yes, says they are vastly different
  • 3) Mention the topics for your supporting
    paragraphs.
  • Yes, similarities and then differences in
    terms of temperature, vegetation, size

17
Strategy 2How is each thesis better?
  • Question Why did the North and South fight the
    Civil War?
  • Thesis 1 The North and South fought the Civil
    War for many reasons, some of which were the same
    and some different.
  • Thesis 2 While both sides fought the Civil War
    over the issue of slavery, the North fought for
    moral reasons while the South fought to preserve
    its own institutions.
  • Thesis 3 While both Northerners and Southerners
    believed they fought against tyranny and
    oppression, Northerners focused on the oppression
    of slaves while Southerners defended their own
    right to self-government.

18
Strategy 2 Fill in the Chart
Answers question Takes position Gives topics for supporting paragraphs
Thesis 1
Thesis 2
Thesis 3
19
Strategy 2 Fill in the Chart
Answers question Takes position Gives topics for supporting paragraphs
Thesis 1 Yes, North and South fought Civil War Same / different reasons Same Different
Thesis 2 Yes, North and South fought Civil War Both fought about slavery North moral South preserve institutions
Thesis 3 Yes, North and South fought Civil War Both fought against tyranny and oppression North oppression of slaves South right to self-government
20
Strategy 3
  • Question Was the U.S. right to drop the atomic
    bomb on Hiroshima?
  • Thesis 1 The U.S. was right to drop the atomic
    bomb on Hiroshima for both military and moral
    reasons.
  • Does the thesis
  • Answer the question?
  • Take a position?
  • Give topics for supporting paragraphs?

21
Strategy 3
  • Question Was the U.S. right to drop the atomic
    bomb on Hiroshima?
  • Thesis 2 The U.S. was not right in dropping the
    atomic bomb on Hiroshima for either military and
    moral reasons.
  • Does the thesis
  • Answer the question?
  • Take a position?
  • Give topics for supporting paragraphs?

22
Strategy 3
  • Question Was the U.S. right to drop the atomic
    bomb on Hiroshima?
  • Thesis 3 The U.S. was right to drop the atomic
    bomb on Hiroshima for military reasons but not
    for moral reasons.
  • Does the thesis
  • Answer the question?
  • Take a position?
  • Give topics for supporting paragraphs?

23
Strategy 4
  • Question How did Christopher Columbus trip to
    the Americas change the world?
  • Thesis The life of Christopher Columbus had a
    lasting impact on the world.
  • Does the thesis
  • Answer the question?
  • Take a position?
  • Give topics for supporting paragraphs?

24
Strategy 4
  • Question How did Christopher Columbus trip to
    the Americas change the world?
  • Thesis I am going to tell you that Christopher
    Columbus was an explorer.
  • Does the thesis
  • Answer the question?
  • Take a position?
  • Give topics for supporting paragraphs?

25
Strategy 4
  • Question How did Christopher Columbus trip to
    the Americas change the world?
  • Thesis My report is on how Christopher Columbus
    discovered America in 1492.
  • Does the thesis
  • Answer the question?
  • Take a position?
  • Give topics for supporting paragraphs?

26
Strategy 4
  • Question How did Christopher Columbus trip to
    the Americas change the world?
  • In pairs, write a thesis and make sure that it
  • (1) answers the question
  • (2) takes a position
  • (3) gives topics for supporting paragraphs

27
Strategy 4
  • Question How did Christopher Columbus trip to
    the Americas change the world?
  • Trade thesis statements with another pair.
  • Does the thesis
  • Answer the question?
  • Take a position?
  • Give topics for supporting paragraphs?

28
Strategy 4
  • Question How did Christopher Columbus trip to
    the Americas change the world?
  • Thesis Columbus was the worlds first
    imperialist as he claimed political, cultural and
    economic control in the Americas.
  • Does the thesis
  • Answer the question?
  • Take a position?
  • Give topics for supporting paragraphs?

29
Lets look at our beginning questions again with
social studies eyes
Strategy 5
  • Why did enslaved people in the South not have
    more rebellions?
  • Are highly paid athletes the product of a free
    enterprise economic system?
  • What are the most important pull factors which
    might encourage someone to move to a particular
    city?

30
Strategy 5Rework your thesis
from the first slide so that it answers the
corresponding question below
  • Why did enslaved people in the South not have
    even more rebellions?
  • Are highly paid athletes the product of a free
    enterprise economic system?
  • What are the most important pull factors which
    might encourage someone to move to a particular
    city?

31
Strategy 5
  • Thesis Scoring Guidelines
  • 0 Not present
  • 1 Present but flawed and incomplete
  • 2 Present
  • 3 Present and sophisticated
  • Score _____ Fully addresses the question
  • Score _____ Takes a position
  • Score _____ Provides topics for supporting
    paragraphs

32
Strategy 5
  1. Pair up with your original partner.
  2. Share your thesis statements.
  3. Write a better thesis statement together.
  4. Get three score cards for your pair.
  5. Leave your thesis statement on your desk.
  6. As a pair, go to another desk, read the thesis
    statement, and score it.
  7. Do the same with two more thesis statements.
  8. As a class, vote for and discuss the best thesis
    statements in the class.

33
  • What makes a good thesis statement?
  • 1) Answer the question!
  • 2) Take a position!
  • Give topics for your supporting paragraphs!

34
Exit Slip
  • Choose one of the following and answer in at
    least 3 lines
  • What should our warm up be tomorrow?
  • How do you decide what position you should take
    when writing an essay?
  • What are the 3 parts of a good thesis statement?
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